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Goodwill Home Décor Expert - Merri Cvetan

Merri Cvetan

My weekly column for Amazing Goodwill and my design blog, Design Coach, are about all things design, living a stylish life and entertaining (like setting a great table). I share DIY projects, decorating and design tips, as well as ideas and secrets.

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Made in the Shade

Posted by Merri Cvetan on Feb 15, 2017 1:58:56 PM
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Made in the ShadeLighting is such an important part of decorating a room. Not only do lamps illuminate a space and allow you to work and read, but think of them as room accessories. Lamps and shades come in all sorts of sizes, colors, finishes and options. They don’t have to be expensive if you know where to shop and can see potential in bland or boring styles.

I bought this brand new iron lamp for $6.99 at Goodwill. Iron or metal base lamps are easy to alter with a can of spray paint. I left it as is, but I have the option to change the color when I want something new.

The paper shade is a “square coolie” style. It’s off-white and in good condition, but too plain. To quickly update it and give it some color, I added Washi tape.  Washi is semi-transparent tape that’s removable and repositionable. It’s available in lots of colors and patterns. I simply added horizontal stripes to the shade. When I get tired of the brown Aztec pattern, I can pull it off (without damage to the shade) and start over. It’s a DIY project that keeps on giving!

Topics: lamp, Merri Cvetan, Goodwill home decor expert Merri Cvetan, lamp shade

  • Made in the shade
    Lighting is such an important part of decorating a room. Not only do lamps illuminate a space and allow you to work and read, but think of them as room accessories.
  • Made in the shade
    I bought this brand new iron lamp for $6.99 at Goodwill. Iron or metal base lamps are easy to alter with a can of spray paint.
  • Made in the shade
    The paper shade is a “square coolie” style. It’s off-white and in good condition, but too plain. To quickly update it and give it some color, I added Washi tape.